Farm Market Promotion Grants, Due 4/15

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) announces the opportunity to submit applications under FMPP for FY-2010. Approximately $5 million is allocated for FMPP for Fiscal Year 2010. The maximum amount awarded for any one proposal cannot exceed $100,000; the minimum amount is $2,500. Entities eligible to apply include agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities and Tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible under FMPP.

Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2010.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) was created through a recent amendment of the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976. The grants, authorized by the FMPP, are targeted to help improve and expand domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The FMPP announced on March 1, 2010, the opportunity to submit applications under FMPP for 2010. Approximately $5 million is allocated for FMPP for Fiscal Year 2010. The maximum amount awarded for any one proposal cannot exceed $100,000; the minimum amount is $2,500.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Eligible Applicants

• Agricultural Cooperative – A group-owned or member-owned entity or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services for the mutual benefit of the members thereof.

• Producer Network – A producer group-owned or member-owned incorporated entity or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services through a common distribution system for the mutual benefit of the members thereof.

• Producer Associations – An incorporated producer entity or business that assists or serves producers or a producer network.

• Local Government – Any unit of local government within a State, including a county, borough, municipality, city, town, township, parish, local public authority, special district, school district, intrastate district, council of governments, and any other instrumentality of local government.

• Nonprofit Corporation – Any organization or institution, including nonprofits with State or IRS 501 (c)(3) status and accredited institutions of higher education, where no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

• Public Benefit Corporation – A corporation organized to construct or operate a public improvement, the profits from which inure to the benefit of a State(s) or to the people thereof. • Economic Development Corporation – An organization whose mission is the improvement, maintenance, development and/or marketing or promotion of a specific geographic area.

• Regional Famers Market Authority – An entity that establishes and enforces region, State, or county policies and jurisdiction over regional, State, or county farmers markets.

• Tribal Government – A governing body or a governmental agency of any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community (including any native village as defined in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 85 Stat. 688 (43 U.S.C. § 1602)) certified by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Agency Name
Agricultural Marketing Service

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Farm Market Promotion Grants, Due 4/15

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